Praise for Jacob, five, who called police after mum became trapped
A FIVE-year-old has been praised for raising the alarm after his mum was trapped in her Southmead bedroom.
Clever Jacob Rees listened to instructions from his mum Rachel Clarke and got in touch with police – all the while looking after his two-year-old brother James.
Rachel had become locked in her bedroom in Lowther Road when daughter Lauren, seven, who was playing hide-and-seek, rushed in and shut tight the door that was being repaired and had no handle.
With no mobile phone and no way of escaping Rachel went into a panic knowing that toddlers Jacob and James were on their own in the house.
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But Jacob followed her instructions to the letter and dialled telephone numbers downstairs on the landline after mum had written down on bits of paper and slid under the door.
After failing to contact any family members Rachel, by now frantic with worry, told him to ring 999 and Jacob alerted the police to his mum's situation.
Officers obtained entry to the property and knocked the door down to find a crying Rachel nearly an hour after her daughter's game had gone horribly wrong.
Rachel, 41, who runs Park Avenue Hair Design in Gloucester Road, said: "The handle had broken the day before.
"My daughter ran in playing hide-and-seek and shut the door.
"She knew what she had done straight away and started crying. I was panicking because I had Jacob and James outside running around and could hear James screaming.
"My mind was racing and worried because there were knives in drawers and nobody was supervising them.
"I didn't have my mobile phone with me and didn't know what to do. I was also worried as well because sometimes they fight but Jacob was brilliant and took James with him everywhere.
After trying in vain to open the door Rachel knew she was reliant on getting James to phone for help.
"I started to slide paper under the door with numbers for Jacob to go and try on the phone," she said.
"Jacob has never had to use a phone before but he managed to phone my partner but he had no reception.
"I was having to shout to Jacob through the door which was a bit of a nightmare because I have only just got my voice back.
"I thought about getting Jacob to go next door but I was worried what might happen to him.
"I tried to get him to phone a few more family members but he wasn't having any luck so as a last resort I got him to phone 999.
"I must have been in there for about an hour. When officers finally got to me they just found me in tears.
"I am so proud of Jacob though. He was brilliant and stayed so calm. At one point he even said to me – 'Mummy, is this going to take much longer? I'm getting bored now.'
"If it hadn't been for him we would have been stuck in there until Stephen got home at 5.30pm."
The children were treated with a trip to the cinema and a meal out.
Jacob was also praised by the police for his actions.
PC Matthew Hearn who attended the house said: "When we initially arrived we spoke with Jacob through the front door, he was calm and informed us to use the back door, he then unlocked the back door to allow us entry and showed us to the upstairs bedroom.
"The internal door was solid wood and the door handles were not present, it was clear that the mother was extremely distressed about the safety of her three young children, so I forced entry to the room.
"After releasing the very relieved mother we spent some time with the family commending Jacob's actions."